Category: Europe

LISTEN: Reza Aslan– Islam’s Reformation

[ 0 ] November 24, 2014 |

via WNYC/ON BEING on NOVEMBER 20, 2014:  In a probing and personal conversation, Reza Aslan opens a refreshing window on religion in the world and Islam in particular. It’s a longer view of history and humanity than news cycles invite — certainly when it comes to the Arab Spring, or to ISIS.  

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Deal or No Deal? U.S./Iran Relations and the Possibility of a Nuclear Pact (a compilation)

Deal or No Deal? U.S./Iran Relations and the Possibility of a Nuclear Pact (a compilation)

[ 0 ] November 21, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on NOVEMBER 25, 2014: UPDATED NOV. 24 , 2014  : (VIA THE WASHINGTON POST) VIENNA — Nuclear talks with Iran will be extended for seven months after intense negotiations failed to reach a comprehensive accord but appeared to make encouraging headway, diplomats said Monday. (New target is June 30, 2015) […]

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Is There a Bomb in Your Suitcase? (by Omid Safi)

Is There a Bomb in Your Suitcase? (by Omid Safi)

[ 0 ] November 21, 2014 |

by OMID SAFI for ON BEING on NOVEMBER 20, 2014:  How do you respond to prejudice when it is blatant, direct, and in your face? A few weeks ago, I traveled to Europe to take part in conference of European and North American Muslim leaders. It was a distinguished lineup of community leaders, spiritual figures, […]

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Bruce Jentleson: Let the ‘Grand Strategy’ Debate Begin

Bruce Jentleson: Let the ‘Grand Strategy’ Debate Begin

[ 0 ] November 20, 2014 |

by BRUCE JENTLESON for THE HILL on NOVEMBER 20, 2014:  Following the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Soviet Union, the term du jour was “post-Cold War world.” But this spoke more to what the world wasn’t than what it was. Sept. 11 did its own redefinition with terrorism central, but crowded out so […]

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WATCH: Imams in Western Europe– Authority, Training, and Institutional Challenges

WATCH: Imams in Western Europe– Authority, Training, and Institutional Challenges

[ 0 ] November 19, 2014 |

via MOHAMMED HASHAS/YOUTUBE on NOVEMBER 12, 2014:  LUISS School of Government in Italy presents the International Conference ‘Imams in Western Europe – Authority, Training, and Institutional Challenges’ November 5, 2014 – Aula Magna, Viale Pola, 12 Rome Welcome by LUISS School of Government: Giovanni Orsina Welcome by the conveners: Mohammed Hashas, LUISS Guido Carli Niels Valdemar […]

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UAE Blacklists 82 Groups as “Terrorist”, including US Muslim Civil Rights & Advocacy Org. CAIR

[ 0 ] November 18, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on NOVEMBER 18, 2014:  What constitutes a terrorist organization? A wide-ranging list of 82 groups, named as “terrorist,” has been named by the United Arab Emirates. The breadth of the list — which includes the Muslim Brotherhood, al Qaeda, Boko Haram, the UK-based Cordoba Foundation and the Council on […]

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Carl Ernst: Why ISIS Should Be Called Daesh — Reflections on Religion & Terrorism

Carl Ernst: Why ISIS Should Be Called Daesh — Reflections on Religion & Terrorism

[ 0 ] November 11, 2014 |

  “There is no reason to give militant groups credibility by taking at face value their extravagant claims to represent an entire religion.“ —– Carl Ernst, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Islamic Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Department of Religious Studies  by LAURA FRATER and JULIE POUCHER HARBIN for ISLAMiCommentary on NOVEMBER 11, 2014: In his October […]

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Omnia El Shakry on “The Arabic Freud”

Omnia El Shakry on “The Arabic Freud”

[ 0 ] November 6, 2014 |

by ALI ALTAF MIAN for ISLAMiCommentary on NOVEMBER 6, 2014: Is Sigmund Freud a stranger to the robust intellectual scenes of the modern Middle East? Is there mutual ignorance between Islam and psychoanalysis? Do only secular Arab thinkers invoke Western discourses of suspicion, such as psychoanalysis? In a forthcoming monograph, provisionally titled The Arabic Freud, UC-Davis […]

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Psychology of a Terrorist: Experts Go to the Source

Psychology of a Terrorist: Experts Go to the Source

[ 0 ] November 6, 2014 |

“The science isn’t there yet as far as terrorism psychology is concerned. We now know more about what we don’t know.” — John Horgan, director of the Center for Terrorism & Security Studies at UMASS Lowell by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on November 6, 2014: Why do people join terrorist groups and why do they […]

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Kurdish Soccer Team Sparks Swedish FA Ire Over Battle for Kobani

Kurdish Soccer Team Sparks Swedish FA Ire Over Battle for Kobani

[ 0 ] October 31, 2014 |

Sparks Debate on What is Politics? by JAMES DORSEY for THE TURBULENT WORLD OF MIDDLE EAST SOCCER on OCTOBER 30, 2014:  When Ramazan Kizil established Dalkurd FF, one of Europe’s most successful immigrant soccer teams, in a remote town in northern Sweden, he dreamt of one day raising the Swedish and the Kurdish flag alongside […]

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